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post #11 of 23 Old 04-29-2013, 04:52 PM
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I didn't hear of many vegetables in your diet. Lots of fruit (sugars, some calcium depending), lots of starch, and meat (protein) and some veggies along with dinner.

You need fibre, you need your magnesium, you need nutrients from veggies. Can you start drinking a veggie blend drink like v8 for starters? Think of salads with tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. for lunch or to go with dinner.
Toast or an egg for breakfast isn't enough. If you get your diet in order, then I'm sure that it will help with your energy and feeling weak.

Speak with your doctor and maybe talk with a nutritionist too if you want to look at what you're eating.

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post #12 of 23 Old 04-30-2013, 03:48 AM
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It sounds to me like you're not getting enough calories.

An egg for breakfast is 70 calories, toast is 200 calories at most.

A soup serving is rarely more than 200 calories, lara bars are around 200, cliff bars the same or less.

Toast or fruit, again, no more than 200 calories so let's see...

From what you've told us you're getting 470 - 600 calories before your dinner. Even if your dinners came out at 500 - 600 calories you're still at 970 - 1000 calories, under the daily MINIMUM of 1200 calories for someone who is actively trying to lose body fat.

Let's look at it this way, you have your 'BMR' which is the number of calories burned lying in bed all day doing nothing. For myself at 5'0 and 115 pounds my BMR is about 1400 calories a day, if I eat less than that I am physically starving my body. I'm a small person, at 17 years old and doing any kind of exercise / walking around I guarantee you your body needs at least 1500 - 2000 calories a day just to function without gaining / losing weight, just to maintain.

Speaking from experience here I bet if you were to start eating larger, balanced meals your problems would ease up a little. I was desperate to lose weight last year, eventually found myself eating 400 - 900 calories a day. I had no energy, bruised easily, my bones were weak, I had no strength, was exhausted after any physical exertion, couldn't ride my horse. Sound a bit familiar? If you're not eating MUCH more than you've described here you are starving your body of the calories it needs, and it will have even more drastic effects in the long run.

I really encourage you to see a doctor and a nutritionist, and sincerely hope there are no underlying issues.

I would start including good nutrient rich foods in high quantities to get yourself back on track.
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post #13 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Skyseternalangel: Thank you! I have been trying to eat more vegetables.

alexischristina: Oh, that makes complete sense!!! I think you've hit the nail upon its head! I was just thinking to myself how I go in such swings: I'll eat a decent amount for a week or two, but then I'll feel completely not hungry and eat about half my normal amount. Those low-swings (I was in one last week) often correspond with my cycle and ALWAYS leave me in huge low-energy slumps (not that I have a ton of energy when I'm not in a low-swing, but it is better). I'm going to try to consume more calories, and see if that helps. I do struggle with eating a lot at once (no eating disorder, just a small stomach that fills quickly) . . . is it okay to have several snacks in between "normal" meals? Meanwhile, going to get Mom to make that doctor appointment!
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post #14 of 23 Old 05-02-2013, 02:37 PM
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A lot of studies are actually showing that its better for you to eat 6-7 meals a day rather than 3-4, so that's definitely a good idea to get yourself eating more. Try looking up some higher calorie foods as well. For example the bread I eat is a lot higher in calories but full of nuts, seeds and sprouted grains so they are good calories, things like that. I would still see the doctor, because chances are you're low in some essential nutrients, and they will be able to tell you what to do and eat to get yourself balanced again.
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Thank you so much, alexischristina! I will definitely be seeing the doctor (college entrance requirements, etc) but until then will focus on eating more often and healthy, high-calorie foods. I'm going to start counting calories for the opposite reason that most do ;)
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post #16 of 23 Old 05-07-2013, 11:45 PM
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proper nutrition is a must. Lots of fruits and veggies. My daughter loves cucumbers and eats them constantly. My son is a carrot freak. LOL I never harped on them to eat veggies when they were little. This is their own preferences. Salmon is a great meal. We eat salmon at least once a week. Almonds and walnuts are great snacks. Olive oil is great to cook with. Avocado's are terrific for your health. Add some of those to your diet and swim to build your core strength. Walking in water is great too.

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An update:

I'm doing much better! Warmer weather finally arrived, which means my body finally got rid of the winter colds I had accumulated and now I can be out walking and riding more often. I'm focusing on eating several times during the day, and making sure I'm getting lots of fruits and vegetables and protein. We're still looking for a place to do laps, but the good news is that next semester I'll start college, and the college has a nice pool I will be able to use. Also, I've been doing small things to build some back muscle, as that's the area where I am weakest.

I had a great ride on Grace yesterday, which was very encouraging. Even though I could feel the weakness in my body, nothing gave out on me, and I was able to physically be there for Grace where she needed me, supporting her with my body, and that was so wonderful!

Thank you everyone for the suggestions and support!
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post #18 of 23 Old 05-12-2013, 10:46 PM
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Be sure to check for a vitamin D deficiency. Sometimes you need a little sunshine, especially after a long winter. I get bad fatigue where my whole body feels weak, and it is usually a combination of unbalanced diet and lack of sun exposure.
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post #19 of 23 Old 08-07-2013, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Though this thread is old, I thought I'd just update it rather than starting a new one.

We recently discovered that I have Celiac's disease! It's only been a few days since I completely cut out gluten from my diet, but I am feeling so much better. I am so relieved to have a reason for the weak body and a way to fix it.

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post #20 of 23 Old 08-07-2013, 09:15 PM
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So glad you got an answer to your problems. It makes sense & there are diets to help you deal w/this. Good luck & hope you feel much better very soon.
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